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Pleasantview Fire Protection District LODD anniversary

Incident Summary

On October 26, 1981, Firefighters Jerome Srejma and Gary Michalek of the Pleasantview Fire Protection District died in the line of duty while fighting a fire at the Key West Restaurant in Countryside, Illinois. Srejma, a six year veteran firefighter, and Michalek, who had been with the department for less than one year, were paid-on-call volunteers on duty when the alarm came in, and were among the first firefighters to arrive on-scene.

Srejma and Michalek entered the restaurant wearing SCBA masks shortly before 5 AM in an effort to locate and extinguish the fire, which was mainly burning behind the walls and above the ceilings. They became disoriented in the dense smoke and were unable to find their way out of the restaurant before running out of air. Even after they were reported missing, it took fellow firefighters nearly thirty minutes to locate their bodies in the thick smoke. The collapse of the restaurant’s roof further complicated rescue efforts and sent two other firefighters to the hospital with injuries. Srejma and Michalek were rushed to Community Memorial General Hospital in LaGrange, where they were pronounced dead.

In the end, it took firefighters from nearly ten different communities more than three hours to extinguish the 3-11 alarm fire. Four days after the fire, Srejma and Michalek were remembered during separate funeral services that were attended by hundreds of firefighters from throughout the Chicagoland area.

information from the Illinois Fire Service Institute

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CFD LODD Anniversary – Chicago Stockyards Fire

Excerpts from the ChicagoSuntimes.com:

The Union Stockyard fire on Dec. 22, 1910, claimed the lives of 21 Chicago firemen. A six-story brick wall collapsed on the men as flames fed by grease — a natural byproduct of animal slaughter — swept through the building.

Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Jose Santiago spoke at the memorial service Thursday that took place near the corner of Exchange and Halsted.

A nearby statue depicts firefighters battling the 1910 blaze. Etched on the base of the statue are the names of all firefighters who were killed in the line of duty.

Santiago emphasized that, as it was in 1910, when the fire hydrants froze the night of the fire, winter is a dangerous time to be a firefighter.

Among those who died beneath tons of collapsed brick on that fateful day in 1910 were Captain Dennis Doyle and his son, Truckman Nicholas Doyle. Their deaths came to the attention of Kevin Doyle only after a friend stumbled upon their names on the internet and shared the information.

Kevin confirmed it: His great-great grandfather was Dennis Doyle, who died alongside his son and fellow fireman, Nicholas. His other son, Edward, also a fireman, was at the scene, too, and for 36 straight hours he pulled bricks from the pile of rubble to locate his father and brother.

thanks Dan

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CFD LODD Anniversary – Chicago Stockyards Fire

Images from Gordon J. Nord, Jr. from the Stockyards Memorial Ceremony

Chicago FD Stockyards Fire Memorial

Gordon J. Nord, Jr. photo

Chicago FD Stockyards Fire Memorial anniversary

Gordon J. Nord, Jr. photo

Chicago FD Stockyards Fire Memorial anniversary

Gordon J. Nord, Jr. photo

Chicago FD Stockyards Fire Memorial anniversary

Gordon J. Nord, Jr. photo

Chicago FD Stockyards Fire Memorial anniversary

Gordon J. Nord, Jr. photo

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CFD LODD Anniversary – Chicago Stockyards Fire

Today is the anniversary of the Stockyards fire.

Chicago FD ceremonial bell

Tim Olk photo

Chicago FD Stokyards Fire Memorial anniversary

Tim Olk photo

Chicago FD Stokyards Fire Memorial

Tim Olk photo

Chicago FD Stokyards Fire Memorial anniversary

Tim Olk photo

Chicago FD Stokyards Fire Memorial anniversary

Tim Olk photo

Chicago FD Honor Guard

Tim Olk photo

Chicago FD Stokyards Fire Memorial anniversary

Tim Olk photo

Chicago FD Stokyards Fire Memorial anniversary

Tim Olk photo

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CFD LODD Anniversary – Corey Ankum and Edward Stringer

Today is the anniversary of the Ankum/Stringer fire (CFD LODD vacant bldg fire)

Chicago FD LODD anniversary

Tim Olk photo

Chicago FD LODD anniversary

Tim Olk photo

Chicago FD LODD anniversary

Tim Olk photo

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LODD Anniversary

This from Dan McInerney:

Today is the anniversary of the Stockyards fire, the Ankum/Stringer fire (CFD LODD vacant bldg fire) and the Keokuk triple LODD fire. While the Keokuk fire is not local, it still stands out as a triple LODD that NIST did a fire modeling study on

And this from the Chicago Tribune:

cartoon remembering two CFD FFs

From the Chicago Tribune

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41st Anniversary of Naperville LODD

Bill Friedrich submitted a link to the Illinois Fire Service Institute Firefighter Record, which outlines the events and reporting of an incident that resulted in the death of three Naperville firefighters on December 7, 1970 as the result of a collision between the engine that they were riding in and a semi-trailer while en-route to a house fire.

INCIDENT SUMMARY:

On December 7, 1970, the Naperville Fire Department received an alarm at 7:55AM for a house fire west of the city. Firefighters immediately responded, but a fire truck carrying five firefighters collided with a semi-trailer truck at the intersection of Illinois Routes 59 and 65. Several fatal car accidents had occurred at the intersection during the preceding years and traffic lights had been installed at the intersection only two weeks prior to the accident.

Lieutenant Richard Rechenmacher, Engineer Jerry Herring, and Firefighter Bernard Petrowski, who were riding in the cab of the fire truck, were all thrown from the vehicle by the collision and killed instantly. Firefighter Mike Hill, who was also riding in the truck’s cab, was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but Firefighter James Heinke, who was riding on the tailboard of the fire truck, escaped injury. Mutual aid responders from the Moecherville Fire Department responded to the house fire, and the Downers Grove Fire Department sent firefighters and fire apparatus to Naperville to assist with fire calls.

The report includes radio logs, the original accident report and photographs from the scene.

Naperville Fire Department fatal accident scene December 7, 1970

A photo from the accident scene showing the crushed cab of the Naperville Mack-C engine and the overturned semi in the rear. Photo ©Naperville Fire Department

Naperville Fire Department 1967 Mack C95 engine

Delivery photo supplied by Bill Friedrich of the 1967 Mack C95F engine.

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